ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Two agar plates next to each other. One is empty while the other is growing multiple different cultured organisms, colored white, beige, and green.
Most Archaea and Bacteria Are Nameless. SeqCode Could Change That
The Scientist spoke with microbiologist William Whitman about a new system of nomenclature for prokaryotic organisms that can’t be cultured.
Most Archaea and Bacteria Are Nameless. SeqCode Could Change That
Most Archaea and Bacteria Are Nameless. SeqCode Could Change That

The Scientist spoke with microbiologist William Whitman about a new system of nomenclature for prokaryotic organisms that can’t be cultured.

The Scientist spoke with microbiologist William Whitman about a new system of nomenclature for prokaryotic organisms that can’t be cultured.

systematics
A notecard with outdated names of prokaryotic phyla crossed out and replaced with the newer names.
Newly Renamed Prokaryote Phyla Cause Uproar
Dan Robitzski | Jan 4, 2022 | 10+ min read
The International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes recently pulled the rank of phylum into its code of official nomenclature. Experts say the move will help standardize science in the long run but potentially disrupt research now.
The man-of-war fish (Nomeus gronovii), a species of medusafish, near the tentacles of a siphonophore.
Medusafishes Are Grouped by Shared, Odd Traits: Study
Devin A. Reese | Dec 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Shared features, such as thick, slimy skin and a throat filled with teeth, suggest that medusafishes are all related.
The Sex Parts of Plants, 1736
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2015 | 3 min read
Carl Linnaeus’s plant classification system was doomed, and he knew it.
Mistaken Identities
Kerry Grens | Dec 31, 2014 | 4 min read
Researchers are working to automate the arduous task of identifying—and amending—mislabeled sequences in genetic databases.
Learning to Become a Tree Hugger
Amy Maxmen | Aug 1, 2011 | 7 min read
A guide to free software for constructing and assessing species relationships
ADVERTISEMENT